Whether you are remodeling a home to add value or to enlarge a house to accommodate a growing family, home remodeling and renovation offers numerous advantages. Like many things in life, there are also disadvantages. In this article, we’re going to explore home remodeling and renovation mistakes to avoid.
#1 – Hiring the Cheapest Remodeling Contractor
Sure, you could probably save money by hiring the least expensive contractor. In reality, you are actually spending more money, in the long-run, when you have to hire someone else to correct the contractor’s mistakes. Unfortunately, many homeowners have learned the reason why some contractors offer the cheapest rates – it’s usually because their work is subpar.
#2 – Not Being Realistic About Your DIY Limitations
Home improvement books and TV shows have a way of making home improvement projects look like a breeze. There are many reasons why homeowners resort to DIY home improvement projects – it has many advantages. For example, you can save money and you experience a great sense of accomplishment. However, there is a downside.
Many homeowners have regretted trying to remodel their own home. In reality, many DIY projects have turned into expensive nightmares. Often times, a homeowners has to hire a professional to correct their mistakes. Hiring a professional home remodeler, from the beginning, will save you money and frustration.
If you plan to plunge into the world of DIY home improvement, we suggest sticking to the basics, such as replacing light fixtures, interior painting, and etc. More complex jobs should be left to the professionals.
#3 – Neglecting Local Building Codes
Building codes are usually the last thing on a homeowner’s mind when he/she wants to remodel a bathroom or a kitchen. Many people are unaware that you need to have a permit for certain home improvement jobs, such as modifying plumbing or adding an additional bathroom to a house. Ignoring building codes can result in problems with selling a home and even fines. Hiring a licensed contractor will advise you on whether or not a permit is required.
#4 – Neglecting to Verify a Contractor’s Credentials
A contractor should not only be licensed, but he or she should also be bonded. Additionally, a contractor should carry worker’s compensation and liability insurance. If an uninsured contractor happens to get injured, while working on your property, you could be held liable for his medical expenses. It is also important to check your prospective contractor’s references. You may also want to check for any kind of negative complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau.
#5 – Starting a Remodeling Job Without A Contract
Before paying a contractor to remodel or renovate a house, make sure you thoroughly review your contract. The contract should be a written contract that includes detailed specifications of your project, including the price, payment schedule, cleanup and debris removal expectations, materials to be used and the type of work involved.